‘I did it with a drill, an an­gle grinder and some hand files’

En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Char­lie Green turned a wrecked CB200 into a bike fit for the Bike Shed

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For some, bolt­ing on a pair of mini-in­di­ca­tors and swap­ping the air­box for a foam fil­ter is shed­built enough, but for 25-year-old me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Char­lie Green, no job is too big – even tran­form­ing an £800 wreck pur­chased af­ter a boozy evening.

“A drunken univer­sity night out led to a friend con­vinc­ing me to buy an old, bas­ket case for £800,” says Green. “Af­ter con­vinc­ing said friend to col­lect it in his van, I set out on try­ing to make my own mark on the bike. It’s been rebuilt three times but I’d say this is the best, and fi­nal, it­er­a­tion.”

First job was to sort out the han­dling, so Green stripped the bike to the frame, be­fore seam-weld­ing the whole thing as well as adding some stiff­en­ing braces to the rear end at the same time.

“I only re­ally had ac­cess to a drill, an an­gle grinder and some hand files (poor, I know for an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent), so ev­ery­thing done to the bike needed to be able to be done by hand.

“Orig­i­nally the bike was go­ing to be naked, but when I cre­ated my speedo bracket, I didn’t re­ally like the lines of the front end so I stum­bled across the fair­ing on ebay. The cock­pit fair­ing now nicely cov­ers the mini-speedo and the stock tacho.

“The en­gine was rebuilt (a cou­ple of times in the end) with a clutch cover mod to in­crease oil flow to the top end. It has also had some mi­nor port­ing and pol­ish­ing plus a 1mm over­bore.”

The bike came with a tank from a CB650, but Green soon ditched that in favour of one from a CB500T. He did all the paint him­self in a “cold and mis­er­able garage.”

Not bad for an £800 boozy buy Char­lie’s CB200 now wears a CB500T tank

SHOW US YOURS... Send us de­tails and pics of your shed-built bike james.archibald@ mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

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